Cisco’s ill-fated Umi had the right idea: a plug-and-play webcam for your TV that fulfills the Jetsonian promise of bringing faraway friends and family members into your living room — and you into theirs.
Right idea, wrong execution. The Umi required pricey hardware ($600) and locked buyers into Cisco’s proprietary video-chat service, charging them $25 per month for the privilege. Jetsonian? More like Draconian.
Tely Labs gets it right with the TelyHD, an equally high-def but more-reasonably priced webcam that’s blissfully easy to use and tied to everybody’s favorite free video-calling service, Skype. Read More+